Party leader Victor Ponta says he does not want to kick anyone out and that those who want to stay are free to do so.
Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana said on Friday that he was not asked to have a meeting with the Social-Democrat Party’s (PSD) leadership and that he was “absolutely relaxed” about the possibility that he is expelled from the party.
“I know who I am. I am proud of what I achieved, of my friendships. I will not give up my friends. I think that at the moment, we should direct our artillery to our rivals outside the party,” Geoana said, quoted by Mediafax.
Geoana has come under heavy fire within PSD lately as several party members accuse him of planning to set up a separate party or a platform within the organisation, together with some of his close colleagues, Ioan Toma and Florentin Gust. After the issue was discussed in a session of PSD’s National Standing Bureau, party leader Victor Ponta announced that he and other leading members would have a discussion with Geoana this week to clarify the matter. The move gave birth to rumours that Geoana may be expelled from the PSD, as the Senate Speaker is currently also facing a six-month suspension of membership for having made statements that the party leadership disagreed to.
When asked to comment whether he would set up a new party in case he is expelled from PSD, Geoana replied, “ It is very unlikely that I will be expelled or that I will set up a new party. PSD is my home, it is our home. (…) This is only media speculation.” Furthermore, Geoana said the current PSD leadership cannot put together a “black list” with all his friends in the party, as nobody can have “such narrow a way of thinking” and wage war against the entire organisation, “because I have friends everywhere.”
The Senate Speaker also said disputes within PSD are not worth being commented on and underlined that the party will find the internal resources to “get over this matter.”
Meanwhile, Senator Toma filed his resignation from PSD on Friday, saying in an open letter to Ponta that he does not regret being friends with Geoana and underlined that friendship with the Senate Speaker seems to be “the worst sin” in the organisation at the moment. Commenting on Toma’s gesture, Geoana said he regretted it, because the Senator was one of the best party members. “He is one of the champions of this party. It’s a real shame that we end up in situations when the best of us are forced to leave this big party,” Geoana said.
On the other hand, asked if Geoana could be expelled, Ponta said he does not have plans to kick out of the party anyone in particular. “I want those who wish to stay in PSD to stay, even if they don’t have important positions, even if we’re not in power,” he said, adding that those interested in public office should join the National Union for Romania Progress, a party made of defectors from PSD and the Liberal Party, which currently backs the ruling coalition.